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'Miracle 11' skydivers support 23rd Veteran, YMCA

Daily Telegram - 1/12/2024

Jan. 11—SUPERIOR — A nonprofit created by survivors of a

2013 midair collision of two planes 12,000 feet above Superior

continues to give back. Miracle Eleven Inc., named for the 11 survivors of the incident, presented $1,000 checks to Duluth-based 23rd Veteran and the Superior-Douglas County YMCAWednesday, Jan. 3, at the YMCA.

To date, the group has donated $48,500 to nonprofits and charitable organizations.

In an award letter to 23rd Veteran, Miracle Eleven Inc. board of directors president Mike Robinson thanked them for the critical service they provide to veterans.

"Your work is key to helping veterans in their time of need," he said, a mission the nonprofit supports.

Robinson requested that the $1,000 contribution to the YMCA be used to support Camp Tall Pines, the Lake Nebagamon property that serves as a summer camp.

The survival of all 11 people involved in the 2013 collision — nine skydivers and two pilots — gained worldwide interest. The producer for NBC's "Dateline" dubbed them the "Miracle Eleven." As a group, they decided that any money received from licensing the videos of the collision would be donated to nonprofits and charitable organizations to benefit others in need.

The Miracle Eleven Inc. nonprofit

was set up to manage the money.

Since 2013, the group has donated to organizations including Mentor Superior, Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Damiano Center, Harbor House Crisis Shelters, the Salvation Army of Superior, Webster Dream Park and Penneys from Heaven.

"As long as resources come our way, we will dedicate every penny to helping others," the group stated in a December press release.

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